One more pre-season friendly, which makes five in total, has been arranged and it’s across the Irish Sea.
It looks like Newcastle first pre-season game will indeed be in Ireland, with a friendly match against Shamrock Rovers on Saturday, July 11th (KO 3:00 pm). Shamrock Rovers are the most successful Irish football club in history and of course are located in Dublin (where else?).
They are currently managed by former Newcastle striker Michael O’Neill, and are currently in third position in the League of Ireland Premier Division. Shamrock Rovers play at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin, and the Newcastle squad will spend some time at a training camp in Ireland, prior to the game against Shamrock.
That pre-season friendly game is two weeks come Saturday, and is just 10 days after the squad returns back for pre-season training a week on Wednesday.
But with no players yet sold, until a clear-out is achieved and some new players are brought in, it’s difficult to see how these early games will help the squad we will have for next season.
But we hope the manager (whoever he is) leaves out the 9 who we hope to sell, and gives games to a lot of our youngsters, who will be chomping at the bit for their chance. It will be great to see teenagers like Nile Ranger, Haris Vuckic, Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer, Shane Ferguson and others in action.
Other warm-up games are Darlington (July 18), Huddersfield (July 21), Dundee United (August 2), as well as a home fixture with Leeds United (July 29).